Tai Tuivasa will no longer be fighting Walt Harris at UFC 267.
Tuivasa announced on his Instagram weeks ago that he accepted a fight to a new date as his opponent was out. MyMMANews was able to confirm that Harris was indeed out of the fight and now Brazilian outlet, Combate, reports Tuivasa will now fight on November 20 against Augusto Sakai. The event is a Fight Night card and will likely take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A look at the fight ahead – Tai Tuivasa vs. Augusto Sakai
Tai Tuivasa (13-3) is riding a three-fight winning streak and coming off a KO win over Greg Hardy at UFC 264 in July. Prior to that, he knocked out short-notice replacement, Harry Hunsucker in March after knocking out Stefan Struve in the first round at UFC 254 to get back into the win column. Prior to the three straight wins, he suffered three losses in a row, as he was submitted by Sergey Spivak, and lost a decision to Blagoy Ivanov, and was TKO’d by Junior dos Santos in his first UFC main event. The fan-favorite started out his UFC tenure going 3-0 with knockout wins over Rashad Coulter, Cyril Asker, and a decision victory over Andrei Arlovski.
Augusto Sakai (15-3-1) is currently ranked 10th at heavyweight and is riding a two-fight losing streak. Back in June, he suffered a first-round KO loss in a main event fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Prior to that, he lost by TKO to Alistair Overeem in his first main event appearance. The Brazilian started out his UFC career 4-0 with decision wins over Blagoy Ivanov, a KO win over Marcin Tybura, a decision win over Andrei Arlovski, and in his debut, he TKO’d Chase Sherman.
Currently, there is no main event set for the November 20 Fight Night card. However, it’s unlikely this fight between Tuivasa and Sakai would serve as the main event.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime